Bondi to Coogee coastal walk


Bondi Beach
The trio on our way

Cliff climbing

Tamarama Beach

Lunch stop in Coogee


Coogee Beach

Mackenzies Bay

Back in Bondi

Acai bowls to round off a good day
A definite highlight during my Bondi stay was walking the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Everyone who I spoke to before going away was telling me I had to do it so it was only right I made it happen. I’m glad I did because it was stunning and highlight of my trip. Christian and Sam joined me on this little adventure and they sure made it into more of an adventure than I had first anticipated. We would be  walking along the path and all of a sudden they would decide to run off and start climbing cliffs randomly. Very fun haha.

The coastal walk is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, passing a variety of beaches and a massive graveyard amongst other things. We stopped to have a couple of swims along the way to cool off. My favourite out of all the beaches we passed was Tamarama Beach. This was one of the beaches we had a swim at. We weren’t in for very long because the waves were so big and strong I thought we’d be pulled out to sea. It was quite intense.

On the way back we stopped at the rock pools in Mackenzies Bay, another highlight of the walk. The pools were a beautiful turquoise and gave us a bit of shelter from the massive waves that were coming in.

We were gone for a large portion of the day walking to Coogee and back but time flew by, it never got boring. I’m glad I had Sam and Christian’s company, walking it alone wouldn’t have been the same.

I love doing active things like these, mixing it up from lying down on the beach (as much as I love doing that). A great way to get some movement in your day whilst being out in the sun and exploring.

We rounded off a great trip with acai bowls back in Bondi. So satisfyingly cooling and refreshing after a long hot walk.

 

Sydney food live


My happy place, with some delicious food in front of me!

Need to get the good angles

Poké bowls on Manly beach

Bumped into Simon Hill of Plant Proof at Cha Cha’s my last night in Bondi. I love his work and was slightly starstruck!

Aaaand it’s live! My mini vegan eating guide for the Sydney area. Bondi was filled to the rim with amazing vegan places and so was central Sydney and Manly… There was no way I was going to get through all the places I wanted to go but it left me wanting more so I probably will have to back to Sydney one day. I’m sure I will.

I’ve never been to a place where it’s been so easy holidaying and eating plant based as Bondi. You could find everything you’d possibly want. Vegan ice cream from Cha Cha’s was just a short walk from the beach. Usually such a thing wouldn’t even exist where I’ve been before. It was nice to feel like you weren’t missing out and can still indulge a bit. After all, that’s what holidays are for. That’s the one thing I never want to feel, like I’m restricted or missing out because of what I choose to eat or not eat.

Syndey you blew mind with your food. If you’re curious of my favourite places I visited during my stay, check out the Vegan Eats in Sydney page HERE.

New Year’s Day (Photo bomb)


To the jumping cliffs and rock pools! 
How beautiful is this giiiirl?!

This just doesn’t look real…

After lunch we changed beach, Rye Beach

Look at this water!

Em got bored and started digging a whole. We did quite a good job!

Time to head back to Melbourne, but before that we had to stop at the fair 

Perfect ending to a perfect two days with this one

This is all in the wrong order. I should probably me writing about my Christmas adventures to Bondi but I felt like writing about New Year’s Day so that’s what I’m doing instead. Sorry about jumping around in time like this.

On New Year’s Day Em and I woke up around nine. I never sleep that late even if I’m up late the night before. We eventually got out of bed and the sun was shining. It was an absolutely beautiful day. After a bit of breakfast we decided to go to the nearby rock pools because there were cliffs there to be jumped from! It looked stunning in the pictures I was shown so couldn’t wait to see it in real life. It did not disappoint! The sight that hit us as we were walking down to the beach from the car took my breath away. It’s scenery like this you see in photos but never actually think you are going to experience in real life. How can a place be this beautiful?!

We walked round to the jumping cliff. It looked like a dream as well. The rock pool you jumped into was an incredible turquoise colour. Em and I were both a bit hesitant to jump but worked our way up to the second highest height. Neither of us had quite the stomach to dare to jump from the highest point that day but we said we would come back and try it soon. That feeling when you’re standing on the edge is pretty scary! What I’ve learnt is you can’t stand there staring for too long, I give myself three seconds and then just go. Otherwise you overthink it.

Around lunch time we headed back to the house to refuel with some scrambled tofu with veggies and then drove down to Rye Beach. This one as well, one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. White sand and turquoise waters. It looked like a remote tropical island. Towards the evening Em got bored and started digging a hole (I joined in to help her out haha) and we decided it was time get moving back to Melbourne, unfortunately. On the way back we stopped at the Rye fair to go on some rides. It looked too fun not to! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last went on a ride, it’s so much fun! How could I have forgotten?

Then it was time to hit the road. The sun was setting as we blasted old Taylor Swift songs and we were singing our lungs out. What a start to 2019. Thank you Em for the most amazing time!

This feeds my soul


I had to take a photo in front of this shed, painted in one of my favourite colours!

The tour guide

Talking Tastebuds by Venetia Falconer back in the UK is one of my favourite podcasts. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to it, you’ve been missing out all this time because it is amazing. It is about food and it’s role in our lives and influence over our wellbeing. Venetia is an incredible lady and you should really go and follow her on every single social media platform out there. She’s a strong advocate of sustainability in every single sense of the word, from promoting a vegan diet to reducing waste in our every day lives and more recently she’s been using her platforms to promote sustainable fashion. A lady using her social media influence to really do some good in the world, I love her for it. Thank goodness there are people like her on this planet who care but also have the power to influence others to care.

Wow I went off on a bit of a tangent there! Back to my point, in Venetia’s Talking Tastebuds she has set questions she asks everyone who’s a guest on her show. In the most recent series, series three, there was a new addition to these questions which was “What feeds your soul?”. I love this question and yesterday I had a moment when I felt that this right here feeds mine.

It was a pretty normal day, the class in the gym had been a killer! As usual we started off with a strength piece, which on this day was two front squats every minute for 10 minutes. EMOMs (every minute on the minute) are one of my favourite things to do in the gym and I managed to do it with 140lbs which is just over my bodyweight. The last three rep max I tested was 143lbs, so I was really happy that I could do 20 reps at 140! To finish off we had two cardio pieces, they looked pretty alright on the board, however, one thing you learn from Crossfit is that the simplest looking pieces are the ones who floor you. This is exactly what happened.

First we went on the bike for five rounds trying to hold a 72 rpm for as long as possible every two minutes. After that I felt like I was going to throw up. Then after a bit of rest we were on the rowers, 1 min on and 1 min off trying to accumulate as many metres as possible for five rounds. I rolled off the rower after we had finished. All my energy was gone. We were all lying on the ground, contemplating why we do this to ourselves! Usually we do extra work after the class but I don’t think anyone did, no one moved for a good half an hour from their spot.

As I was leaving the gym chatting to PC I thought it was too nice of an evening to just go home so I suggested we should swing by the beach for a cool down walk. He liked the idea and decided to drive us to a beach he’s been talking about for a while called Gnotuck Beach, in Aspendale, which is further down the coast.

We got there and straight away I was blown away. Shoes were taken straight off. The sand was almost snowy white and so soft as I let my feet sink into it as I stepped out onto the beach. How good is that feeling of silky smooth sand between your toes? The water was turquoise and gradually went darker the further from the beach you looked. The sun was slowly setting on the horizon with the clouds looking like beautifully fluffy cotton candy, shifting colours into soft pinks as the the sun was gradually disappearing. We could’ve done without the wind but even with it, you couldn’t complain at all. It was breathtaking and I probably took a million photos because every second the lighting and colours changed slightly and I wanted to capture it all. However, photos just never do justice to sunsets in my opinion. I tried my best.

With a little protein shake to tie me over to dinner (any form of fuel was welcomed after that workout, I felt dead) and the beautiful scenery, I felt myself slowly coming back to life. My energy came back and I just wanted to skip, jump and run out of nowhere. I dipped my legs in the ocean and skipped in the sand. PC must’ve thought I’d gone a bit crazy but I just felt this spark and love for life in that moment, being on that beach and I thought, this is what feeds my soul. Being on the beach, by the sea with a friend talking about life. It’s in those moments you feel like you don’t really have any worries and you’re there in the moment taking it all in. This was especially needed as I the evening before had been feeling a bit down about mum, for some reason I was missing her a bit extra.

As we were walking there I was saying to PC that one of my goals when I worked at lululemon, which I wrote down for our vision and goals you have to do as en employee was to live in a house like the ones facing the beach we were walking on and waking up to that view every day. What more could you need? You could roll out of bed onto the beach every morning. It may feel out of reach at the moment but so did Australia for a long time and I somehow managed to figure that one out! One can always dream.

M xxx